I'm not modding, I'm improving
My fun night of tinkering... sorry, no more BHP!
Well last night, having sorted a license from Ross Tech for my VCDS lite, I decided it was time to find out what was going on with my headlights.
Before it went in for MOT with "Audi" they were quite high and I was flashed a few times. Came back from "Audi" having been MOT'd at a back street garage in Stockport, and they had set them so low, they were more use as reversing lights The VOSA man who showed what they had missed on the first MOT agreed and "would have failed the car" on them being far too low. I had also noticed that the lights no longer adjusted.
Not wishing to entrust the monkeys with my car again, I set about it with a few tools! Note to self, buy a longer hex driver - the last headlight bolt near the indicator took 15 minutes!!
Bumper semi off - the bottom two Philips screws would not budge, so have been soaked in WD40 for next time...
An old MF cloth t protect the bumper's paint...
The offending artical! It turned out the "ball and socket" fitment from the motor to the headlight had come out. I decided to get a hex driver in to make sure there was no damage to the socket, and sure enough all was hunky dorey - the two parts together...
Now came the fun part. Getting the ball joint back in. The rear of the headlight was adjusted so the screw-adjustment pulled the light right up to the back of the housing. This was done with the white allen key shaped adjuster on both sides at the back. The motor was then taken apart and again adjusted to lengthen it as much as possible, making it easier to fit the two together!
The parts were then all put together, which took a while but finally it clicked! Reversed the process and refitted the bumper and hey! Both could be adjust up and down with the "output tests" on VCDS!
But then disaster, mainly due to a lack of knowledge Following the guide on the TT Tweakers page 30, about realligning headlights, I tried to adjust headlights to a suitable position. Now clearly, I am not MOT expert, but I have an idea for how high I wish the headlights to be, for my driving! They were set in VCDS to what I thought was the right section, but the lights didn't move up and down as the guide suggests...!
So I have clearly not done something correctly. I then followed the rest of the guide and manually adjust the lights - but have clearly not put it in the MOT mode that I keep reading about Unfortunately the other side has now popped out, but that is an easy fix as it isn't broken. Just a PITA as I need to redo last night's work!
Any suggestions on how to set this MOT mode? And then how to adjust the headlights? Any advice would be great received, as I will be attempting this again next week
edit: I forgot to say a big thanks to Paul (Tufty) for his guidance in the last thread about this!
Last edited by JD09; 27th October 2010 at 11:10.